From age 7 onwards, our daughter, Janeva Salser-Sulman, knew few cars other than Volkswagens. As time passed, she “graduated” from passenger status to assistant mechanic, helping with bleeding the brakes, fetching tools and many other tasks related to maintaining our fleet of Volkswagens. In high school, she learned to drive the stick-shift Beetles, got her license and completed her high school and college years all the while driving one of them. It wasn’t until she had to appear at work in full office attire that she quit the VWs in favor of an air conditioned “alternate vehicle” in order to combat the broiling Texas Summers. Here’s a memory which she wrote and posted to me late last year.
Spring 1987 – I was a senior in high school – Daddy was just finishing this car. He had bought it and restored it, painting engine parts, replacing the interior – it was restored inside and out – a SPARKLING RED beauty of a car, and we dubbed it “Cherry Cheeks”.
All of our cars had names that fit their character. We had the “Red Baron” who flew across the country on long trips, fighting heat and cold and faithfully carrying 4 passengers and a dog. We had “Friendly”, whose speedometer loved to make noise at about 40 miles an hour, until “he” became demented on a trip to Ft. Worth, screaming so wildly, that Momma pulled off the side of the road and detached the cable from the dial to mute the poor beast. Funny that we never named the Ghia that you see in the reflection – that car is another story.
This car is priced to sell. The fact I’m seeing so many L639 Zenith Blue ’67 Beetles is amazing. Someone buy this gem before I do. There are more ’67 Beetles out there, hiding in barns, etc. We will search the globe and find them! Info from the seller.
“1967 Volkswagen Beetle. Solid floors and heater channels. Extremely clean, black interior, factory radio in dash, 1500 single port motor, also have 5 brand new Coker white walls that go with it. (they aren’t mounted on wheels), Selling for $5500. Not looking for any trades, text or call 317-371-0157. Car is located in Indianapolis Indiana. I am listing this car for my brother-in-law.”
Mileage: 72,556 miles
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Contact: Jerry – 317-371-0157
Admin note – An older tutorial I put together that was worth another mention. This seems to be a popular topic in my inbox over the last few weeks. A big thanks to Wolfsburg West for their support and always producing top quality parts for our old cars.
I’m going to start off by being 100% honest: rebuilding your doors isn’t easy.
I’ve read ”the experience is best described by words not suitable for polite company.” However, YOU CAN DO IT! I called around the Bay Area before taking on the task myself. Most shops (that would actually take on such a job) wanted $800-$1,200.00, plus parts.
Rest assured, this is in fact a task you can handle. The biggest part of it all is taking your time. Deep breaths, and take each part step-by-step. I also recommend picking up a set of plastic stack-on organizer bins, as inside door components are small and can be easily lost.
In my opinion, good progress is about 6 hours per door. This includes breaking everything down, checking the regulators, re-greasing parts, installing inner and outer scrapers, and slowly getting everything back to its former German glory.
Before you jump into the task, you’re going to need the correct parts. (German parts!) Our good friends at Wolfsburg West have it covered. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to complete the job. This is assuming your door regulators, window winder, vent windows and lift channels are in working order. I did have to replace my left lift channel because it was rusted out.
This has probably happened to all of us ’67 owners at one point or another. One of the early attractions to the Vintage Volkswagen (for me) was how easy everything is to fix; even for the compleat idiot.
Don’t you wish modern cars were this way? I don’t even change the oil in our daily driver. Kudos to Volkswagen of old for their innovation and the idea of keeping it simple.
Admin note: Updated with new photos.
This VW Beetle is a true classic, as clean and beautiful today as the day it rolled off the precision German assembly line 46 years ago. It looks great and it runs great, and it’s been brought back to almost completely original throughout! Lovingly cared for and maintained by a very meticulous owner. All electrical works: lights, turning signals, horn, wipers and back up lights. Painted back to original color (L639 Zenith Blue) Left the dash, inside of doors, engine lid & hood original paint for reference. Interior is customized color but all to period correct. Paint and interior are only 9 months old. All work was done by West Coast Classic. This car looks completely new inside and out. New brakes recently added. Current registration and pink slip in hand in my name as owner. A real looker. Perfect beach car. One of the best 67′s out there.
Completely new paint (brought back to the original Zenith Blue), completely new interior (complete with new headliner), new brakes, pop-out windows, rubber mats throughout interior (period correct), roof rack, working original Sapphire V AM radio, original washer & brake fluid reservoirs, original jack, new brakes, just tuned up. More photos.
Mileage: 72,556 miles
Location: Chatsworth, CA (San Fernando Valley)
Contact: Alex | 818-822-7109